Don't Squint and Drive

Drivers who fail to read a number plate from 20m (65ft) away when stopped by police will have their licences revoked immediately in a new crackdown.

Three forces in England are planning to test every motorist they stop in a bid to clamp down on drivers with defective eyesight. Police say data from the tests will be used to improve understanding of the extent of poor driver vision.

fficers can request an urgent revocation of a licence through the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) if they believe the safety of other road users will be put at risk if a driver remains on the road. The DVLA will then give a disqualification period during which a driver cannot apply for a new license. Not having a driving license will often mean that the insurance is invalid.

The forces carrying out on the spot checks have warned they will be carrying out eyesight checks "at every opportunity".

The power to revoke licences was introduced in 2013 under Cassie's Law, named after 16-year-old Cassie McCord, who died when an 87-year-old man lost control of his vehicle in Colchester, Essex.

It later emerged he had failed a police eyesight test days earlier, but a legal loophole meant he was allowed to continue driving.

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Having good eye sight is vital for our day to day activities and especially so for drivers who are responsible for their own safety and those of other road users and pedestrians. Having good eye sight means we can pick things up earlier and avoid accidents. It also gives us more time to react to any changes on the road. You should visit your specialist optometrist on a regular basis for a full eye examination, to ensure you have the best vision.

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